Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jul 19 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, July 19, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 5 2 6 12
Planted 100 95 96 99
Planted NA 97 97 99
Harvested NA 16 15 NA
Crop Conditions - Monday, July 19, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 6 25 45 23 1
  Last week 5 23 49 22 1
Minnesota This week 3 13 48 35 1
  Last week 2 12 41 43 2
Colorado This week 0 9 27 60 4
  Last week 0 14 35 45 6
Start scouting for banded sunflower moth and red sunflower weevil
As sunflower fields begin to bloom, adults of red sunflower seed weevil (RSSW) will be emerging and will fly to the nearest flowering sunflowers. RRSW are small (2.5 to 3.1 mm long) with a snout and are reddish-orange. Banded sunflower moth can be identified by their small size (1/4 inch long) and forewings with a triangular, dark brown band across the middle of the wing. Once the decision to treat has been made, it is critical to time the spray application correctly to get effective management of all sunflower head insects, including RRSW, SSM, sunflower moth and Lygus bug. The best sunflower plant stage to treat is when the majority of plants are in the R5.1 growth stge. Visit  to read more about scouting for insects and the best treatments. To see the insecticides registered in sunflower, visit
The sunflower market continued to add to recent gains this week. Nearby prices increased 30 cents to $1.15. New crop NuSun and high oleic gained 30 to 75 cents. USDA released its July supply and demand estimates last week. USDA left 2021-22 soybean production unchanged at 4.405 billion bushels. The agency also left all supply and demand figures for new crop soybeans unchanged, as well as ending stocks for old crop beans. That left new crop ending stocks at 155 million bushels, higher than most analysts expected. Globally, 2020-21 soybean ending stocks were boosted beyond analyst expectations to 91.49 million metric tons (mmt), up from 88 mmt in June. That resulted in higher new crop ending stocks of 94.49 mmt., despite new crop production estimates being trimmed slightly to 385.22 mmt. Traders viewed world ending stocks estimates as bearish for soybeans. Sunflower trading continues to be influenced to a greater extent by crop conditions and development progress. Birdfood and crushers are competing for remaining old crop seed stocks making sure to cover nearby needs. Traders are closely watching weather conditions as well for the Dakotas and Minnesota. Severe to exceptional drought conditions are prevalent throughout the area with much above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation expected over the next two weeks. At this time, it is unknown how this might impact sunflower production.
Grower Report
Lindsborg, Kansas grower Karl Esping says his full season high oleic sunflowers look good and are knee high. Some sunflowers in the area are chest high and in the bud stage. His double crop sunflowers are currently being planted. Esping says with the good moisture this year in Kansas, there’s still time for producers to plant double crop sunflower.
Consider cattail control
July to mid-August is a good time to remove blackbird roosting locations, such as marshes sloughs and cattails. Cattails serve as blackbird habitat, so it is in the sunflower producer’s best interest to cut them down or spray herbicides to get rid of them as much as possible. Visit for more information on using herbicides.
Exports of confection sunflower on the rise
Exports of sunflower kernel are up 15% from a year ago, from 3,037 metric tons (MT) from October 2019 to May 2020 to 3,502 MT from October 2020 to May 2021. Canada remains the top importer of U.S. sunflower kernel, importing 1,625 MT. In-shell exports increased 28% from 13,428 MT from October 2019 to May 2020 to 17,321 MT from October 2020 to May 2021. Spain remains the top importer of in-shell sunflower, importing 6,152 MT with Mexico a close second importing 4,930 MT during the period.
Upcoming Events
August 26, 2021 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting; Goodland, KS
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Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, July 19, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2021 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 29.93 64.99 66.69 +1.70 63.08
West Fargo, ND NuSun 20.05 28.00 29.15 +1.15 27.50
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 20.35 28.00 29.15 +1.15 28.00
Enderlin, ND NuSun 19.95 28.70 29.40 +.70 27.70
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 20.25 28.70 29.40 +.70 28.20
Lamar, CO High Oleic NA 26.70 27.00 +.30 27.00
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, July 19, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 29.33 92.05 94.69 +2.64
Cotton Oil (psby) 44.93 102.05 104.69 +2.64
Corn Oil 71.00 83.00 84.00 +1.00

Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. All prices are subject to change. Contact these facilities for complete market details.
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